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Akaroa & High Country Gardens

This planned escape is to two outstanding areas of the South Island. Akaroa with its French influence and quieter atmosphere.  where we have handpicked gardens for you to visit. allow time to wander and enjoy this corner of our country. From Methven, a gateway to the High Country, we have a day of garden visits as well as a memorable  day of 4WD adventure. 


Your travel itinerary

Tuesday 17 November

Auckland (or alternative) to Christchurch

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On arrival transfer to a central city hotel and meet your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. 


Wednesday 18 November

Christchurch – Akaroa

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This morning begins with a city tour of redeveloping Christchurch – a chance to see the progress after nine years. From there our travel is to Little River to visit the gallery and craft shop and have lunch before continuing to Akaroa, for a two night stay. 


Thursday 19 November


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After, a leisurely breakfast, head out of town to Fisherman’s Bay to visit Jill and Richard Simpson’s garden established on the rugged coastline of Banks Peninsula. The strong focus is on evergreen native plants with many areas of daylilies, poppy paddocks, roses and much more.On leaving this impressive garden we travel to French Farm Gardens for lunch.The garden of Jendy and Pat Brooks has protected native bush as well as herbaceous borders that form a natural amphitheater of daylilies, dahlias and much more. Listen out for the bird song. Return to Akaroa and the quirky ‘Giants Garden’ of Josie Martin. She is also a painter, sculptor and artist alongside her horticulturist skills. This is a Garden of National significance.


Friday 20 November

Akaroa – Methven

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Today we travel to Barry Bay Cheese for a tasting, followed by a visit to the 6 star 3.5 hectare garden ‘Broadfield Estates’. Now 20years old, originality in design, planting and maintenance was  the aim; the plantings include natives, a beech forest, kauri, a rose garden, lilies, peonies and a canal. On leaving we continue via Darfield and Windwhistle to Methven for a three night stay.


Saturday 21 November


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Today is rural garden day; visiting gardens developed around the homesteads of sheep and cattle stations. We head to Rangiatea Gardens on Blair and Sara Gallagher’s hill country beef & sheep property. The extensive garden surrounds the homestead with great views of Mt Somers. The Tack Room Gallery displays the varied agate rock mined on the property and the Rangiatea Jewelry shop is there to browse and buy. Travel on to Akaunui for lunch and a visit to Diana and Ian Mackenzie’s 100 year old home and garden. This is a garden of such diversity – our visit times when the azaleas, roses, peonies & Himalayan lilies are in flower. A day to remember.


Sunday 22 November

Methven (Adventure Day)

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Today’s adventure includes 4WD vehicles best suited to explore the back country and appreciate  life in this part of New Zealand.  Our coach takes us to Peel Forest Park where we meet our local guides then on to Mesopotamia (an iconic station) with the guide describing the landscape and history. The group now splits in two with a 4WD van taking you up to the upper Rangitata River, Erewhon and Mt Potts Station. Lunch is included at the now closed Mesopotamia School. This is sure to be a highlight.  Return to Methven late afternoon. 


Monday 23 November

Methven – Ashburton

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Today’s journey takes us along the Rakaia River Valley with its braided shingle beds and a visit to Trott’s Garden on the outskirts of Ashburton. This is a six star garden of excellence. See some of the 650 Rhododendrons in flower in the Woodland area, the formal tightly trimmed hedges that form a backdrop for the border plantings. The newest being a red border. Lunch is at the garden before continuing to your overnight stay.


Tuesday 24 November

Ashburton – Christchurch

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Coach return to Christchurch airport for your return flights.



• Return Air travel Auckland to Christchurch 

     (Please request other options)

• Coach transport as outlined

• Seven nights’ accommodation including breakfast

•  Five dinners

• Four lunches

• Entry fees to the following gardens: Fisherman’s Bay, French Farm, Giants Garden, Broadfield Estate, Rangiatea, Akaunui and Trotts Garden. 

• Barry Bay Cheese tasting 

• 4WD adventure from Methven with local guides

• Pukekohe Travel escort subject to 15 passengers.


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle 


 $3,115 SOLDOUT

*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment


• Cancellation Insurance

• Items of a personal nature

Booking Conditions

•A non-refundable deposit of $300 per person will secure a place on the tour

•Full payment by  25 September 2020



•Deposit is non refundable

•After full payment  25 September 2020 – no refund is available

Travel Insurance

We recommend travel insurance for our clients. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.

Health and Fitness

•To ensure the tour is enjoyable for the whole group, a  reasonable standard of fitness is required.

•Mobility frames and wheelchairs are not practical or    permitted

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* Itinerary subject to change